School of Policy & Practice


Primary Department
School of Policy & Practice
Academic Staff
Zita Lysaght
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPC M 105

Academic biography

Dr. Zita Lysaght is a member of the School of Policy and Practice at the Institute of Education (St. Patrick's Campus), DCU; she coordinates and teaches classroom assessment and research methodology modules on undergraduate, masters and doctoral programmes and coordinated the final year BEd4 and PME2 research projects over many years. She is Director of the Assessment for Teaching and Learning (ALT) Project, a member of the Advisory Board and Advisory Panel of the Center for Assessment Research and Policy in Education (CARPE) and a former Chair of Post-Graduate Studies by Research and Co-chair of the EdD programme. She currently acts as Ethics Convenor for her School.

Zita joined DCU in 2006 with extensive experience in primary teaching (mainstream and special, Band 1 DEIS schools), curriculum design and evaluation (Curriculum Development Unit, Mary Immaculate College; Limerick; Center for Research in Technology Education, Trinity College Dublin) and school leadership (Deputy Principal; Assistant National Coordinator, Leadership Development for Schools Programme; Founding Director, The Early Learning Centre, Tanzania). As part of her current role, Zita provides professional development nationally and internationally in assessment (particularly formative assessment as it relates to teaching and learning), mixed methods research design and theoretical and conceptual frameworks. Her work has been published in Ireland, Europe and the US. Zita has twice received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. A former external examiner  with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), she currently acts as an external examiner with University College London (UCL), Institute of Education. Zita was awarded a Research Fellowship in 2019 and is currently developing an open-source website to support teachers' assessment literacy with the support of funding from the Teaching Council (John Coolahan Research Support Framework).

Research interests

- Assessment, teaching and learning and test development
- Mixed methods research design and methodology
- Teacher professional development
- Cognitive science
- E-learning